By Adam Roberts – 8/6/2021
It’s the final countdown for Tokyo 2020 this weekend, as the US makes one final push for medals to pad their solid lead at the top of the medal leaderboard. Here’s your daily Olympic update:
- In the semifinal of the 97kg division of men’s freestyle wrestling, Pennsylvania’s Kyle Frederick Snyder got the best of Turkey’s Suleyman Karadeniz 5-0. Snyder improved his record at this year’s Summer Games to a perfect 3-0 as the 25-year-old goes for a second consecutive gold medal after winning during the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The men’s freestyle 97kg final is set for tomorrow.
- Jacarra Gwenisha Winchester of Colorado missed out on winning a bronze medal for the U.S. after she was bested by Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus in the 53kg division of women’s freestyle wrestling. Mayu Mukaida of Japan won the gold medal and Qianyu Pang of China won the silver. Mongolia’s Bolortuya Bat Ochir of Mongolia also took home a bronze medal.
- California native Allyson Felix collected her 10th Olympic medal after she finished in third place in the women’s 400m to win bronze. Felix set a season best with a time of 49.46 seconds. Fellow American Quanera Hayes finished in seventh place with a time of 50.88 seconds. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won the gold and Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic took home the silver.
- Gable Steveson of Minnesota defeated Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in the final of the men’s freestyle wrestling 125kg division to win the gold medal for the U.S. It was the first time in four matches that Steveson surrendered any points as he picked up the 10-8 win. The gold is the first Olympic medal won by the 21-year-old Steveson.
Coming up this evening, the USA men’s basketball team will play for the gold medal against France. We’re sending good vibes to Jrue, Khris, and the rest of Team USA!